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Pereira: Hidden Gem of the Draft?

The New England Hockey Journal, which somewhere along the way went all Radio Shack and got themselves rebranded to just plain Hockey Journal, has an interesting article on potential hidden gems that could wind up on the Bruins’ draft list.  Included on that list is Mike Pereira.  The story itself has a decent scouting report on Pereira, emphasising his speed and skating while listing strength and defense as areas he’ll have to work on at UMass.  As a Bruins fan, seeing Pereira go to the hometown team would be a huge thrill, though I’m not sure if the southern Connecticut native feels the same.  For all I know he could be an Islanders fan, or God forbid, a Rangers fan.  We’ll welcome him into the UMass hockey family in spite of such things of course.

Speaking of the Rangers, INCH has an interesting article stating that if you’re a college player with NHL hopes pray that the Blueshirts don’t call your name on draft day.  Sorry, Danny Hobbs.  They also break down the best and worst college picks by NHL team, highlighting the selection of Jon Quick for the L.A. Kings.

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  1. Bullmoose

     /  June 23, 2010

    I think that INCH is tremendously unfair in slamming Hugh Jessiman. He was awesome his freshman and sophomore year. Instead of signing with the Rangers after sophomore year, he came back for his junior year to try to help Dartmouth get into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1980 and got a major ankle injury in his fourth game (vs. Princeton, 11/06/2004). He got back on ice at the end of the season and the ECAC play-offs, but was not the same, and Dartmouth ended up losing quarterfinals in 3 games at UVM. He then signed with Rangers and hasn’t had his NHL cup of coffee yet…

    He probably would’ve benefited from staying in school for his senior year (with less games and more conditioning than the pros) but Rangers insisted on signing him in the offseason. Thus, one can make an argument that Rangers mishandled his injury, but we’ll never know what happened behind the scenes…

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  2. best part is when they compared new jersey’s pick of jeff frazee to quick. a guy who cant stop a wraparound and a shot from 200 feet picked way before quick..right.

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